Offensive Makes Pats a Great NFL Pick Against Denver
The New England Patriots have been bruised and battered for the better part of the entire second half of the regular season! While several key losses on the offensive side of the ball have clearly taken a toll on New England and hampered their chances of winning consecutive championships, the Patriots’ ‘next man up’ philosophy could still carry them all the way to this season’s Super Bowl 50 title.
Thanks to this expert overview on New England’s complete offense you’re going to have a great idea of whether or not they can overcome their injuries to either reach or win Super Bowl 50 or whether they’ll come up short in their quest to win back-to-back Super Bowl crowns.
New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos Odds and TV Info
What: New England Patriots (12-4) at Denver Broncos (12-4)
When: Sunday, January 24, 2016
Kickoff: 3:05 PM ET
Where: Denver, CO
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Spread: Patriots -3
Moneyline: New England -175 vs Denver +155
Game Total: 44.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: New England vs Denver
New England Patriots Stats – Ranking
Total Yards-374.4 – 6th
Passing Yards-286.7 – 5th
Rushing Yards-87.8 – 30th
Points Scored-29.1 – 3rd
Field Goal %-91.7 – 6th
Analysis: The Patriots ranked sixth mostly because of their stellar fifth-ranked passing attack (286.7 ypg). Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady finished fourth in passer rating (102.2) and third in passing yards (4,770) and enters the AFC title tilt as the most accomplished passer in postseason history, having compiled a stellar 22-8 postseason record, including last weekend’s win over Kansas City.
Brady and the Pats got a huge boost with the return of veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman and clearly improved health of tight end Rob Gronkowski, the team’s leading receiver and touchdown scorer. “When you get back No. 11, it makes things out there easier,” receiver Keshawn Martin said. “Not just for a couple of players, but for everybody. You’ve got to worry about so many different players out there.”
In addition to throwing to the aforementioned pair, Brady also has a solid wide receiver in veteran Danny Amendola and Martin.
Patriots Team Leaders
While the Pats also had the third-ranked scoring offense (29.1 ppg), they also struggled mightily to run the ball this season as they finished 30th in rushing. Veteran back LeGarrette Blount led New England in rushing, but he’s out with a hip injury.
The Patriots added veteran running back Steven Jackson in late December to help them with their playoff push, but it should be noted that the 32-year-old has not played since last suiting up for Atlanta in 2014. The Patriots scored at least 30 points seven times during the regular season, but they’ve reached that figure just once in their last 10 games. The Pats scored 40 or more points twice while topping the 50-point plateau once.
In last weekend’s win over Kansas City, the Patriots went pass heavy by allowing Brady to throw the ball 42 times while rushing it just 14 times, showing that their ‘next man up’ philosophy can still help them get where they want to go!